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VTech Click and Count Remote (I Like It, and Don’t)

By Kelsey

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I always say that if you are going to purchase a “decoy” toy to distract your toddler from the real “no” items in your house. They should look and feel like the real deal, otherwise they won’t work. I recently played with a LeapFrog Remote that was really cool so I decided to compare it with the VTech Click and Count Remote.

Age Range: Baby and Baby, 1, 2, 3, 4 year olds
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This play remote control is packaged in a small cardboard, open faced package. You are able to try the remote before it is out of the package which I always love doing! To open I used my scissors to release the taped sides of the box and the twist clip on the back to pull the remote out of the package entirely. Vtech Click and Count Remote
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The Playtime Experience

The VTech Click and Count Remote I have is black with brightly colored buttons and a large red light at the top like the infrared area of a real remote. There are 9 numbered buttons and at the bottom there are several interactive points. There is a round spinner ball in the center of the classic button halo found on most cable and universal remotes. There is a “volume” button that says “volume up” or “volume down” when pressed (though it really doesn’t affect the volume of the toy). There is another buttons for replaying and DVR recording as well which I found funny (remotes have come a long way since I was a kid!). My favorite button on this remote has to do with the “counting” portion of this toy. When you press the numbered buttons (1-9) the remote calls out the number on the button. Then you drop down to the channel surfing button and the remote recalls which number you left off and counts from there. When you press up on the button it counts higher, when you press down it counts down from the last number you pressed. I thought that was a nice feature that made this toy feel more technical and cohesive than it at first seems. The last button on the remote is a music button where the remote plays little songs and lights up the top of the remote. Vtech Click And Count Remote Review
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Things I Liked

I really thought the counting, “channel surfing” button was really a nice feature. I love that it remembers which number you pressed last.
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Things I Didn't Like

There areas on the top of the remote that light up and at first they seem like they are going to be interactive but they aren’t I don’t really see the point of these and would have preferred they be some sort of interactive button.
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Appropriate Ages

This Vtech toy is recommended for young players 6 months to 36 months (3 years) of age.
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Final Note

I really like some features of the VTech Click and Count Remote but I feel like it wasn’t as educational as Vtech tried to advertise. I played with a LeapFrog product that I liked a lot and it had a little more education to it than this one. All in all, I would purchase it again, I just wouldn’t expect it to be the learning toy it appears to be at first glance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp0yuQ8aFUs (You may also like: VTech Little Apps Tablet)

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